Reviewed by Saskia Prakke
Joanna Trollope is very popular lady. She has written many books that come highly recommended. Still, the title of this one has me confused from the beginning. My association is the nights spent reading the books for my final examination in high school. I spent quite some time figuring out why in heaven’s name Wuthering Heights is literature and not fiction. In the end I did get it.
Still, I liked the description, the setting of the book (English countryside and disaster strikes family) so I delved in with enthusiasm.
And with good cause. Though not from the same historical perspective as its predecessor, still the story shows that the theme of the book is everlasting. The characters are put together well and described in such a way that a television series can be started soon. The storyline is fast and divers. The phrasing of the words is thoroughly English, it is all there. No personality is quite cynical enough to invite an actor like John Cleese but Elinor could do it if her sense of humor would allow. The characters all have a dose of Are You Being Served? and Fawlty Towers.
Finally Wiki helps out with an abstract of the original Sense and Sensibility. I must say that Ms. Trollope has done a nice job rewriting a book 200 years after the original, and still entertain. In my opinion it is positive that even the names are the same. However, for the people who enjoyed the original it feels a bit like watching the movie after reading the book. I’m not sure I would recommend this version to them.
(Blogmistress’s note: my apologies for the delay in posting.)
Ebooks available for every single other Trollope book: The Soldier’s Wife, Daughters-in-Law, The Other Family & A Village Affair (omnibus), Friday Nights, Second Honeymoon, Brother & Sister, Girl from the South, Marrying the Mistress, Other People’s Children, Next of Kin, Best of Friends, A Spanish Lover, The Men and the Girls, The Rector’s Wife, A Passionate Man, The Choir.